Member Driven Technologies (MDT), a CUSO that hosts the Episys® core processing system from Symitar® to provide a private cloud alternative for core processing and IT needs, recently hosted MDT Connect 2022, an annual event that provides a forum for credit unions to network with peers, meet with technology providers and attend interactive sessions to help inform their member service and technology strategy.
At this year’s event, which was held on May 23rd-26th in Southfield, Michigan, nearly 150 attendees from over 50 credit unions attended. Of the attendees, 45% were first timers at the conference. Representatives from Jack Henry & Associates, Inc., Symitar and nearly 20 other technology providers also attended, hosting sessions and participating in the vendor hall.
Darrin Blankenbeckler, CEO of Sterling FCU, was a first-time attendee of MDT Connect. He commented, “After completing a remote conversion to MDT last February, we greatly enjoyed being able to spend facetime with the MDT team, deepening our relationship and sharing our insights and ideas with them. At the conference, we also benefitted from being able to connect with other vendors and learn about how their technology could support our credit union. We appreciate MDT’s open approach, creating a community of technology leaders that can help credit unions run the entire institution.”
There were 42 sessions at the conference. Greg Adelson, president/COO of Jack Henry & Associates, Inc., and Ben Metz, chief digital and technology officer of Jack Henry & Associates, Inc., led the opening keynote which provided an overview into JHA’s digital and technology modernization strategy. Shanon McLachlan, president of Symitar, hosted an additional keynote providing a high-level update on Symitar’s business model and company roadmap. Lastly, Mark Ostach, keynote speaker, author and leadership coach, led a keynote on fostering connection in a hybrid workplace.
Jamie Franz, IT director of Community Alliance CU, has attended MDT Connect for seven years. She added, “Being able to hear directly from MDT about their upcoming initiatives and technology roadmap is extremely valuable. The CUSO’s employees host interactive sessions and are onsite all week, providing the opportunity for credit unions to meet with them and ask questions. Networking with other credit unions is also a major benefit of the conference; we had productive brainstorms with like-minded peers around innovation, progress and growth.”
“Nearly half of this year’s MDT Connect attendees were first timers, demonstrating both our consistent growth and the value of the conference for credit union employees across all departments,” said Larry Nichols, CEO and president of MDT. “We’re thrilled to have another successful client conference in the books, providing our credit unions with a unique forum to establish and strengthen relationships, learn more about industry trends and make plans to enhance their member service strategy.”
Author: Mike Lawson
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